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Transculturalism… in London and Colombia

Brazilian artist Cândida Borges held an exhibition simultaneously in these two capital cities at the DRHA Conference (Digital Research in Humanities and Arts) and the Fiesta del Libro y la Cultura (‘Book and Culture Day’), the main Colombian arts event.


The work “Transeuntis Mundi” is an immersive artistic installation that combines virtual reality, performance, video and sound, co-authored by Colombian Gabriel Mario Vélez.

Its theme includes research on migration, identity and human cultural legacy and includes London and Plymouth as part of the installation, as well as 6 other cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Bogota and New York.

More than 2,500 visitors visited the exhibition that has now moved to another city. The work integrates her doctoral thesis in progress at the Plymouth University (UK).

The idea of the project has its origins in the work “Transeuntis Medellin” of the Colombian photographer and researcher Gabriel Mário Velez in 2005, whose starting point was an archive of over 600,000 images of an endemic practice common in Latin America, known as “Photocinería”.

These images, in 35 mm negatives, which were taken between 1950 and 1980, illustrate the pedestrians and streets of central Medelín. From them, the visual depictions and performances were generated.

This first project has branched out into several other works, installations, articles, conferences, exhibitions and presentations in various cities around the world, and more recently inspired Cândida Borges to co-create “Transeuntis Mundi”.

According to the Brazilian musician, as its core concept “this research addresses the genetic memory given by the transhumance of the human being, through geography and time, as material for composition using composition / imagery / performance with special focus on the consequent cultural aspects of the diasporas that reached the Americas.”

The main methodology chosen for this work was based on field research in cross-cultural cities, with images and sounds of passers-by from different parts of the world.

Using this material installations, virtual reality pieces, videos, photos, soundscapes, musical compositions and performances are created and lead the viewer/spectator to an experience beyond their current space and real time, in a virtual environment created in place of the exhibitions.

“It is a combination of knowledge, innovation and poetry, for which we use a cutting-edge transdisciplinary technology platform capable of generating a set of works. The entire process is supported by the resources and methodologies of artistic research”, explains the artist.

The research is supported by Plymouth University (UK), Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia), and the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO).

Cândida Borges is a Brazilian musician and transmedia artist based in NYC and a researcher in evidence in the international academic and artistic scene. She partnered with Colombian artist Gabriel Mario Velez on this project, to develop a larger body of research on arts creation and social sciences dialogue around the theme of diasporas, specially from Latin America. Both are scholars and artists and researchers at the Universidad de Antioquia and the Federal University of the State to Rio de Janeiro.

More information:  The Transeuntis Mundi Project.

( Photos provided by The Transeuntis Mundi Project. Press Office)

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